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Sore losers and irony has a sense of humor - Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 349

Count My Vote decides that they're going to keep the current dual-track system for candidates to get on the ballot. This means they can either gather signatures, go through the caucus/convention system, or both....

Bob Bernick's notebook: Flip the script

Count My Vote petition backers, some of whom are pretty smart political cookies, have just switched the field on the arch-conservative, right-wingers who oppose SB54 and the dual path candidates can take to a party's primary ballot....

Podcast: Bernick and Schott on politics Ep. 349

Bryan Schott and Bob Bernick break down the big news from the last week in Utah politics....

Operation Rio Grande Phase Three to focus on 'Dignity of work'

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and Speaker Greg Hughes announced the start of Phase Three of Operation Rio Grande and said that this phase is about focusing on individuals and the pride and self-esteem that comes for participating in work....

Herbert says no agreement yet on release of election legal opinion; Lawmakers say he wants a promise they won't sue him

Gov. Gary Herbert pushed back on Thursday against a UtahPolicy.com report that his office had agreed with GOP legislative leaders to release a legal opinion on the 3rd Congressional District special election....

Weekly survey: 'Fake news' on social media

We're learning more about how Russian "troll farms" used social media to spread misinformation during the 2016 election. Would you support or oppose a law requiring social media companies to remove "fake news" posts or political content paid for by a foreign government?...

Policy News

Casual Friday: Weekend Events & Outdoors Report
Outdoor Notes--Tribune:Kayenta Trail: A slightly less crowded route to Zion's Emerald Pools--Tribune: In one of the last Utah towns where you can see the Milky Way, a new observatory opens 'a portal to the cosmos'--Tribune:Major changes could be coming for Utah's deer and el...

Sens. Lee, Rubio release statement on Senate tax plan
Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement in response to the Senate Finance Committee unveiling their tax reform proposal:  ...

Hatch tax plan will save an average middle-class family $1,500 annually
 Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, introduced the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, his proposal for comprehensive tax reform based on the unified framework put together by Hatch, the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways...

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Local Headlines

Salt Lake Tribune

Op-ed: Reservations are a sensible solution for Arches' crowds

Editorial: Indigent defense should be independent of county pursestrings

Snapchat plans to open an office in Utah, adding to the state's growing tech community

Utah expects 650 new jobs in financial tech and lawn care after offering tax incentives to two companies

'House-keeping' bill would give Utah 520 acres of prime federal real estate, Rep. Mia Love says

What are UTA's most and least popular services?

Gov. Gary Herbert predicts 'grand compromise' when Trump shrinks Utah monuments

Homeless shelter stays are up - slightly - just not as high as the state said last week

Jail scandal? We've seen this movie before from Daggett County - let's click rewind

Hatch, Lee call on Alabama's Roy Moore to drop his Senate bid if underage sexual allegations are true

Operation Rio Grande, the campaign focused on homelessness in Utah, will now try to find jobs for those without homes

Your vote (in some cases) does matter: election night ties in Bluffdale, Herriman races broken with updated tallies

Salt Lake City will review how dispatch center handles homeless complaints

Deseret News

Jay Evensen: Why tweets on election night matter

Op-ed: Congress can keep America's transportation moving

Editorial: A few voters turned out large changes in Utah

Ex-GOP lawmaker to serve on state alcohol commission

Utah among the most toxic states, report says

$106.5 million Ogden school bond narrowly defeated

Senate OKs Hatch bill seeking 3-digit national suicide prevention hotline

Additional election results confirm Curtis win in 3rd Congressional District

Sen. Orrin Hatch unveils plan to overhaul tax system

Utah governor urges party unity in wake of Count My Vote dispute

Operation Rio Grande's 'dignity of work' phase underway


Roy, Pleasant View, four more cities getting new mayors after Tuesday's election (Standard-Examiner)

One valley: Cache Summit brings collaboration on growth (Logan Herald Journal)

National Headlines

Ex-Trump security chief testifies he rejected 2013 Russian offer of women for Trump in Moscow (CNN)

These are the 37 major deals US firms signed with Chinese entities during Trump's visit (CNBC)

Why Campus Rape Tribunals Hand Down So Many 'Guilty' Verdicts (Weekly Standard)

Pope Francis wades into North Korea crisis and vows to save the world from nuclear disaster (The Sun)

Chinese 'love' Trump's Mandarin-speaking granddaughter (AFP)

L.A. prosecutors form special Hollywood sexual assault task force (Los Angeles Times)

CNN faces another racial discrimination lawsuit, lawyer says (FOX News)

Bannon: Mitch McConnell should resign (Politico)

Trump voters: We'd do it again (Politico)

Key differences between the Senate and House tax plans (The Hill)

Biden: 'I regret that I am not president,' but 'it was the right decision' for family (ABC News)

Wise Words

Good Counsel

"I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." Thomas Jefferson

Lighter Side


"Security researchers have reportedly discovered that recently indicted former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort used "bond007" as one of his computer passwords. He also signed his checks "From Russia with Love." Seth Meyers

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